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to be a standoff right now. and a remarkable moment on capitol hill today. comedian stephen colbert appeared in front of a committee on immigration and border security and, basically, mocked the issue? and the hearing. and the lawmakers sat there and took it. before things even got started, however, one lawmaker did apparently see what was coming and asked ahead of time that kohl bay bare -- colbert make his statement in writing. >> i would like to recommend that now that we've got all this attention, that you excuse yourself and that you let us get on with the three witnesses and all the other members there. >> i'm here at the invitation of the chairwoman, and if she would like me to remove myself from the hearing room, i'm happy to do so. i'm only here at her invitation. >> that is correct. >> well, thank you very much. that's fair enough. >> the gentleman's time has expired. megyn: so john conyers, a democrat, wanted colbert to go, but the chairwoman, sow lofgren, wanted him to stay. and what happened next looked like a big joke, but not everyone was laughing. just ahead, stephen colbert'
gaining. >>> at a house subcommittee hearing on agriculture and farm workers, comedian stephen colbert is there now and it was really interesting and probably awkward for him. he shows up this morning and the chairman of the house committee, representative john conyers asked him to leave and then the woman who invited him there, said can't he stay and give his testimony, which was about the ten hours he spent picking fruit and the interview that he did with zoey, now he's being questioned by members of this committee after making his statement. well, she's asking the question, let's go back to that tape at the beginning of this hearing. >> congresswoman asked me to share my experience spending one day as a migrant farmworker. i am happy to use my celebrity to draw attention to this important issue. i hope my star power can bump this up to c-span1. as we heard this morning, america's farms are far too dependent on immigrant labor to pick our fruits and vegetables. the obvious answer is for all of us to stop eating fruits and vegetables. if you look at the recent obesity statistics, many
have your producer inside the courthouse. >>> crowded cameras and reporters flanked stephen colbert heading into congress this morning but one lawmaker did not think that was so appropriate and actually asked the tv personality to leave. >> i'm asking you to leave the committee room completely and submit your statement instead. >> happy to do so. i'm only here at your invitation. >> nbc news correspondent luke russert is on capitol hill. luke, if nothing else, colbert is definitely bringing to our attention this issue that touches on a lot of things of concern to a lot of americans right now, immigration, jobs, and our food. >> right. stephen colbert testified before a subcommittee about immigration. he was talking about the plate of a lot of undocumented farm workers in the country, a lot of the folks that pick the apples and oranges that we use every day of our lives. what he was trying to get to, quote, migrant workers suffer have no right. he was a little comedic but he was also serious. take a listen. >> i've got to ask why isn't the government doing anything? maybe this ag job
democrats on the fence to say, hang on a moment. >> bill, if they've got time to have a hearing with stephen colbert they can take a vote on pending tax relief. i believe all the tax cuts would be extending but they just don't want to hold that vote. bill: on the screen you can see for a family of four making $50,000 a year, if the tax cuts are not extended they will pay $2,900 more in taxes during a time when as you no and you've stated and we talked to stu varney that the economy is still struggling. family of four making a hundred grand a year pay $4,500 more in taxes. how do you think thinks this is going to happen. >> hopefully it will not. if the hreps -- republicans are in the house and senate you won't see any increase in taxes. this adds to uncertainty, we hear our small businesses talking about itment there is a growing i think incompetent in governing in washington. this is damaging i think for the democrats across the board. bill: one more question. john boehner said in his responsible, the most irresponsible thing he has ever known congress to do. is that hyperbole or do you agr
any minute. and you are called to quote freak out for freedom. john stew wrt and stephen colbert set up competing rallies to take political satire to a new level. welcome to all of the people in the united states and around the world. wolf blitzer is off today and i'm s i'm s i i i'm suzanne malveaux. -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com >>> and in venezuela, a scientist said he promised caracas that he could build a bomb within the decade. our correspondent jeanne meserve is following the story for us. the couple worked at the las alamos laboratory. what do you know? >> well, the nuclear physicist here allegedly passed the nuclear secrets to someone he thought was a representative of the venezuelan government, but the contact was an undercover fbi agent. u.s. officials say that the government of hugo chavez had no involvement and had no information that venezuela has any plans to build a nuclear weapon. >> this indictment does not allege that the government of venezuela or anyone acting on its behalf sought or was passed any classified information. nor does it charge any venezuelan
this. still ahead, "the washington post" ezra klein will join us. >>> last night, stephen colbert was honoring the troops. he got a surprise guest. look who popped up selling hot dogs to the troops? >> wow. okay. i'd like that. >> vice president joe biden. tell you what he was doing there when we come back. look at all this stuff for coffee. oh there's tons. french presses, expresso tampers, filters. it can get really complicated. not nearly as complicated as shipping it, though. i mean shipping is a hassle. not with priority mail flat rate boxes from the postal service. if it fits it ships anywhere in the country for a low flat rate. that is easy. best news i've heard all day! i'm soooo amped! . i mean not amped. excited. well, sort of amped. really kind of in between. have you ever thought about decaf? do you think that would help? yeah. priority mail flat rate box shipping starts at $4.95, only from the postal service. a simpler way to ship. [ dog barking ] [ sniffing ] [ male announcer ] missing something? like 2 pairs of glasses for $99.99 at sears optical, with bifocal lense
, conditions facing migrant farm workers, but testifying was a comedian, stephen colbert. and he was in character. colbert spent a day in the fields working alongside immigrant workers taping this bit for his comedy central show which deals with political satire. he tried to be funny. he made a joke about game in in iowa and said the best way to prevent abuse of migrant workers is for americans to stop eating fruits and vegetables they pick. the chairwoman of the subcommittee said she wanted to call attention to the problem saying celebrities add pizazz. they also add controversy. >> picking beans, packing corn for hours on end side by side in the unforgiving sun, i have to say -- and i do mean this sincerely -- please don't make me do this again. it is really, really hard. for one thing, when you're picking beans you have to spend all day bending over. it turns out -- and i did not know this -- most soil is at ground level. if we can put a man on the moon, why can't we make the earth waist high? come on, where is the funding? >> republicans weren't laughing. the committee critic
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